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I was wondering if anybody has an idea about which cards have enough power to run three monitors? I want to play games at high quality levels on three monitors, but I don't want to spend money needlessly. Can I get away with twin 560's, or do I need to do something higher?
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I would personally go for 2 6950s. They can be easily unlocked to 6970s if you want. For an extra 80 dollars its definitely worth the upgrade.
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well i have a surround setup...

and if you want your setting to be close to max... 2x480s just does it...

that said.... i don't know about the performance of 2x560 that well...

but VRAM will mean alot...

so 2GB version of the 560s would be nice...

don't go for a 570... due to the less VRAM (i hit 1.4-1.5 in surround all the time)

so....

2x 560 2GBs

2x 480s

2x 580 3Gbs
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2 EVGA GTX 580 3GB cards crush anything else and will deliver the performance you need.
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I'm currently using Eyefinity, but ATI performs terribly in Microsoft FSX, which is the main game I play. This is why I am looking at switching to NVIDIA. I would assume that 2 3GB 580's could do the job, but I was wondering if anything less can power those high resolutions.
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post #6 of 9
FSX runs well in surround on my system with 3x1080p

with my 2x480s...
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Which 480's do you recommend? Do you run FSX stock or with addons?
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post #8 of 9
The cheapest way to go is two 6950 2GB or two 560 2GB.
Both options is around 500$, and will give good performance as the results of the 2GB.

The 480 1.5GB is a costier option (around 600$). In general, 480 sli is stronger than 6950 crossfire a bit (depends on the game and current drivers) and 560s sli, but, for surround vs eyefinity, the 2GB will take the cake, and the 6950 or 560s will give a bit better results. Especially if you are going air, the 6950 can overclock very well compared to the heat inferno of the 480 if you don't have a very good air flow in your case.

If you insist on nvidia, best option is getting the lightning 480 if you can find it in stock someplace, or a couple of zotac amp or evga soc. These cards are strong enough to over-come the 0.5GB difference and give good OCing results.
But again, its a bit more costy in some places compared to the 6950.
You can find the 6950 twin frozr III, which is a very good and cool card for the same price as the 480.

So if money is a concern, go for the 6950s.
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I recommend 2x Palit GTX 560 with 2GB Memory for the best price/performance and flexibility. Overclock it to 950 MHz or higher and you get a nice setup.
CrossFireX Scaling performance with HD 6900 series is better than SLI in GeForce 500 series but SLI scaling performance is slightly more stable.
Some games like Crysis 2 also get much more benefit from GeForce cards.
    
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